Obituaries / Funerals


Adah Louise Brown
Adah Louise Brown of Craig, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 76.
On Dec. 27, 1924, in Kit Carson she was born the daughter of Harry and Ruba (Lichtenhan) Orr. She has lived in Craig for 76 years. She came to Isles Grove and homesteaded on Collem Creek 40 miles southwest of Craig. She owned and operated a restaurant for many years. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, gardening and crocheting.
Brown is survived by daughters Sidney Kay (Gary) Price of Orem, Utah and Sandra (Larry) Tinsley of Liberal, Kan., sister Dorothy White of Yakima, Wash., brother Eugene Orr of Blanding, Utah; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband James McAfee.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel. Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.
She was a kind and generous person, helping many in need. Her kindness and compassion to all she knew will be greatly missed.
Those who wanted to contribute to expenses can do so at the Bank of Colorado in her name.

Don Van Tassel
1919 - 2001
Don Van Tassel, of Craig, died Nov. 29, 2001, at his home. He was 82.
Don was born the son of Earl Sr. and Ella Van Tassel on Oct. 7, 1919, in Craig. He attended Breeze Basin School and Craig High School. He graduated from Craig High School in 1936. He attended Mesa Junior College and Colorado A&M College. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII in North Africa and Italy.
On Jan. 27, 1946, in Craig, he married Elaine Hampton. Don and Elaine ranched east of Craig. Don was active in Craig Young Farmers & Homemakers, Moffat County and Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Routt National Forest Advisory Board, Soil Conservation Board, Great Northern and Juniper Dam District Board, Republican Central Committee, served 8 years on the District 5 School Board, and was a member of the Moffat County High School Board. He also served several years as a 4-H beef leader, County Fair Superintendent and was a charter member of the Craig Roping Club. Don loved his family and ranching.
He is survived by his children: Diana " Lynn" (Jim) Hamilton of Redding, Calif.; Donna (Bob) Sweet of Craig; Doug Van Tassel of Craig; DeLaine (Joe) Brown of Craig; Debbie Van Tassel of Denali Park, Alaska; a brother and sister-in-law, Earl Van Tassel, Jr. and Florence of Craig; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; an aunt, Margie Ponton of Craig; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, mother and father-in-law, and one brother.
Services were held Dec. 4, 2001, at Grant Mortuary Chapel officiated by Bill Lyons. Vocalist and guitarist was John Allen. Musical selection was "Don't Fence Me In."
Pallbearers were Jim Hamilton, Jason Hamilton, Bob Sweet, Wylie Sweet, Joe Brown and Travis Brown.
Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County 4-H Foundation in care of Grant Mortuary.

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